Skunk Anansie are Skin (born Deborah Dyer, 3 August 1967, Brixton), Cass (born Richard Keith Lewis, 1 September 1960, London), Ace (born Martin Ivor Kent, 30 March 1967, Cheltenham) and Mark Richardson (born 28 May 1970, Leeds).
Skunk Anansie formed in March 1994, disbanded in 2001 and reformed in 2009. The name "Skunk Anansie" is taken from the West African folk tales of Anansi the spider-man, with “Skunk” added to "make the name nastier".They are often grouped as part of a Britrock movement, running alongside Britpop. The band, in 2004, was named as one of the most successful UK chart acts between 1952 and 2003 by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, with a total of 141 weeks on both the singles and album charts ranking them at No. 491. Their longest running release is 1996's Stoosh album with 55 weeks and a peak of No. 9. The band released their fifth studio album Wonderlustre (their first studio album after their reformation) internationally on 13 September 2010.
On June 11, 2012, Skunk Anansie announced their new studio album titled 'Black Traffic' which they will be releasing in September 2012, via their own label working in partnership with 100% Records. The announcement follows what has been a hugely successful return for the band, who regrouped in 2009 following an eight- year hiatus.
Music-News.com caught up with Skunk Anansie at their label and chatted to Skin and Mark Richardson to find out more.